DEFRA, the UK government arm that is in charge of the Dangerous Dogs Act, announced a number of proposed changes to the Act on Monday.
Disappointingly, but not unexpectedly, the government does not plan to repeal the breed-specific portions of the DDA. There is only slight relief for owners of “banned types” in the proposals: non-dangerous “banned type” dogs might be allowed to remain at home, rather than seized and kennelled, while the courts decide the dog’s fate. (Yes, you read that right. The government knows not all “banned type” dogs are dangerous. We have to wonder: why is the government determined to keep a ban on non-dangerous dogs?) And on the flip side, DEFRA wants it to cost more for owners to put their non-dangerous dogs on the exemption register.
Read the DEFRA press release about the proposed changes: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2012/04/23/clampdown-on-dangerous-dogs/
DEFRA also opened a new public consultation on the suggested changes to the law. The consulatation is an online survey and it is open to the public.
Go fill it out! The survey features a number of open-response boxes. We recommend repeatedly requesting that DEFRA remove the breed-specific portion of the DDA.
Answer the public survey on DEFRA’s proposals here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/04/23/dangerous-dogs-1204/
News articles and more news articles about DEFRA’s proposal: